Up next on News 7 at 11...
The prospector space probe prepares for it's mission above the surface of
The government may be willing to cut a deal with Unabomber suspect Ted
And a new name doesn't keep the problems away from ValuJet.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A U.S. spacecraft is orbiting the moon tonight, for the first time in 25
Scientists are hoping Prospector can answer a lot of questions... Ed Crane
IN Q=The next generation
SUPER=01-Dr. Alan Binder/NASA; :16
SUPER=01-Scott Hubbard/Mission Manager; :47
OUT Q=CBS News, New York
((THE NEXT GENERATION OF MOON EXPLORATION IS MOVING FORWARD AS PLANNED, WITH
PROSPECTOR EASING INTO ITS FIRST MOON ORBIT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
FOR THIRTY MINUTES THE LUNAR PROSPECTOR BURNED ITS MAIN TWO ENGINES, WHICH
SLOWED THE SPACECRAFT DOWN ENOUGH TO PUSH IT GENTLY INTO THE MOON'S GRAVITY
SOT...Dr. Alan Binder/NASA Amers Research Center "Prospector is flying
absolutely flawlessly...it's a pleasure to fly this spacecraft."
ON TUESDAY, PROSPECTOR WILL DO THE SAME THING AGAIN TO GET EVEN CLOSER TO THE
MOON AND BEGIN WHAT SCIENTISTS CALL ITS FINAL MAPPING ORBIT.
THE DOWN-SIZED, COMPUTER-LESS SPACECRAFT IS NO LESS SIGNIFICANT THAN ITS
FLASHY ANCESTORS. DESPITE PREVIOUS MISSIONS TO THE MOON, ONLY 20 PERCENT OF
ITS SURFACE HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED AND ITS COMPOSITION REMAINS A MYSTERY. THE
PROSPECTOR IS EXPECTED TO MAP THE MOON'S ENTIRE SURFACE AND SEARCH FOR
EVIDENCE OF WATER - AMONG ITS OTHER EXPERIMENTS.
SOT...Scott Hubbard/Mission Manager (152933)"The key to further exploration is
living off the land take water ice turn into oxygen to breath, water to drink
and possibly even making rocket fuel..."
SOME SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THERE MAY BE ENOUGH WATER ON THE MOON TO FILL LAKE
ERIE - JUST ONE OF THE QUESTIONS PROSPECTOR SHOULD ANSWER WITHIN THE FIRST
MONTH OF ITS YEAR LONG MISSION.
ED CRANE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK))
Newsweek magazine says the Justice Department is considering a plea
agreement from "unabomber" suspect Ted Kaczynski.
The report says prosecutors have re-opened secret talks with Kaczynski's
lawyers because Attorney General Janet Reno wants to avoid the "circus
atmosphere" of a trial with Kaczynski representing himself.
Prosecutors reportedly rejected a similar offer from Kaczynski's lawyers
The Justice Department has not commented on the Newsweek report.
Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala says a Chicago scientist
will NOT be allowed to experiment with human cloning.
Last week Richard Seed announced plans to set up a fertility clinic that
would specialize in trying to clone people.
IN Q=The president
((DONNA SHALALA/HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SEC.; THE PRESIDENT IN THIS COUNTRY
IS OPPOSED TO HUMAN CLONING, THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAS COME TOGETHER ON
THIS. THERE WILL BE LEGISLATION, DR. SEED WILL NOT DO HUMAN CLONING IN THIS
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/HHS Secretary;
OUT Q=in this country
Seed says if he's not allowed to work in the U.S., he'll take his work
ValuJet Airlines changed its name, but its problems haven't changed,
according to the F-A-A.
The Orlando-based carrier is now called AirTran.
According to FAA documents, inspectors found violations at AirTran,
including falsified documents, improper maintenance, faulty repairs, and
repeated failure to supervise contractors.
FAA officials won't comment on the inspections until the final report is
An AirTran spokesperson said the company believes the inspections turned out
Coming up next when the news continues, there were a few scary moments--
just before a mass that the Pope was about to give.
Some people are wondering if his health is failing.
That story when the news continues.
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Questions were raised about Pope John Paul the Second's health today, when
he appeared to almost fall over.
The pope was entering the Sistine Chapel to celebrate a Mass, when he
stopped, leaned on his staff, and appeared to be falling forward when an aid
He went on to complete the two hour mass with no problems.
Vatican officials denied the pope had a dizzy spell.
John Paul celebrates his 78th birthday in May.
Competition from large, video chains doesn't seem to bother smaller video
stores in the star city.
And, 760-workers at General Electric are facing another furlough.
Scott Goldberg has those stories in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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SUPER=01-Patrick Bullion/Movie Express; :24 (QUICK!!)
OUT Q=Biz Music
((In Roanoke competition is getting fierce in the movie-rental industry.
Big national chain Hollywood Video says it's opening at least two stores in
addition to the new building at Towers Mall.
The competition's hurting Blockbuster.
But Mom and Pop shops say, "bring it on."
IN Q=lot of
((PATRICK BULLION: LOTS OF BIG CHAINS HAVE OPENED IN THE AREA BEFORE AND THEY
HAVEN'T HURT US YET.))
In Salem, General Electric is extending its production shutdown for a third
week that will end January 24th.
The furlough was supposed to last only two weeks.
But G-E says it needs more time to upgrade computers so they won't crash in
the year two-thousand.
Nearly 760-hourly workers are waiting to get called back to work.
For the second time in two months a local Sara Lee textile plant is getting a
Last November Sara Lee sold its Hillsville facility.
Now a similar plant in Galax is joining eight others purchased by a
All employees are expected to keep their jobs.
Dow Jones Pre Pro
It's an ominous start to the new year on Wall Street.
This week the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 385-points.
The Nasdaq dropped 78.
That is this week's News-7 Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Getting local news first thing in the morning on weekends isn't a problem
Take Fullscreen Board 9403 Weekend News
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7
Sunday Morning for all the news, weather and sports.
That's at 8 a-m weekend mornings.
Had he lived, the King of Rock and Roll would have turned 63 this past
And, though Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, he did have some
ties to Roanoke.
Here's David Seidel with this week's edition of Virginia Newsreel.
IN Q=natsot music
((THEY SAID YOU WAS HIGH CLASS, WELL THAT WAS JUST A LIE.))
The King performed in Roanoke four times -- in 1955, 1972, 74 and 76.
And he died just eight days before what would have been his fifth trip to
the Star City.
Just hours after his death, Roanoke music stores sold out of Presley albums.
30:03 old newsreel tape
((I HAVEN'T GOT ANY NUMBERS, BUT WE'RE JUST ABOUT OUT OF SINGLES AND WE'RE
REALLY LOW ON THE ALBUMS. AND THIS IS WHAT, ABOUT AN HOURS TIME. FROM SIX TO
SEVEN, WE'VE SOLD THAT MANY.))
Many Elvis fans who planned to attend the concert chose to keep their
tickets rather than sell them to collectors.
30:21 old newsreel tape
((I DON'T WANT TO MAKE MONEY ON ELVIS. I WANT TO REMEMBER HIM AS THE DECENT
PERSON HE WAS. AND IF I GIVE THEM UP, I'LL GIVE THEM BACK TO THE CIVIC CENTER
FOR THE MONEY I PAID FOR THEM.))
A memorial service took the place of the concert and more than 6,000 fans
But the link between Elvis and Southwest Virginia didn't end there.
In 1985 the Epperly's began building a replica of Graceland on the front
lawn of their Riverland Road home.
Later they added the house in Tupelo where Elvis was born, the Heartbreak
Hotel Restaurant, the Elvis Presley Car Museum and the Roanoke Civic Center.
For fans who can't make it to Memphis, Mini-Graceland offers a nearby
31:08 old newsreel tape
((A LARGE AMOUNT OF THE PEOPLE JUST CAN'T FULL UP AND GO TO GRACELAND EVERY
YEAR, THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE, YOU KNOW. SO THIS PLACE GIVES
THEM A PLACE TO DO JUST WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AND NEED TO DO))
Folks looking to eat like the King head to Burnt Chimney.
That's where Karen Jones and Diana Holland started the Graceland Cafe and
((RIGHT NOW WE GOT LOVE ME TENDER STEAKS, WE GOT YOU AINT'S NOTHING BUT A HOT
DOG. THAT'S BEEN POPULAR))
The owners say the only other Graceland Cafe they know of -- is in
performance film over tag
That's Virginia Newreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
Getting elected seems to be half the battle for a politician--
playing down scandals may be the other.
A new movie called "Wag the Dog" takes a look at how far one politician goes
to save his image.
That story when the news continues.
"Wag the Dog" is hitting the silver screen this week starring Dustin Hoffman
and Robert DeNiro.
Dan DiNicola caught up with the elusive DeNiro and has this report.
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SUPER=07-Robert DeNiro; :20
SUPER=19-Dan DiNicola; :36
OUT Q=DN, CBS News.
Last week's stretch of warm temperatures may have had an impact on plants
you may be trying to grow.
David Johnson reports on what long term effects the brief bit of warm
weather might have.
IN Q=It may have
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :01
SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/Va. Tech Horticulture Professor; :08
SUPER=01-Doug Harris/Extension Agent; :19
OUT Q=Montgomery County
((It may have felt like springtime last week, but the brief stint did not
fool or harm plants and crops.
((BOB LYONS/VA. TECH HORTICULTURE PROFESSOR; IT REALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN HORRIBLY
BAD IF THE WARMER WEATHER LASTED A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME. BUT THE WEEK OR SO WE
HAD DIDN'T DO THAT MUCH TO THE PLANTS IN TERMS OF THROWING THEM OFF SCHEDULE.))
((DOUG HARRIS/EXTENSION AGENT; OUR SMALL GRAIN CROPS LIKE WHEAT AND BARLEY,
WE'D LIKE TO SEE A LITTLE GROWTH ON THEM THIS TIME OF YEAR. WHENEVER THE
TEMPERATURE IS ABOVE 32 DEGREES, WHEAT WILL GROW AND DEVELOP. AND THAT'S
HELPFUL TO US AT THIS STAGE AND THIS GROWTH.))
Crops won't be so lucky if the warm weather returns before winter ends.
((HARRIS; IF WE HAD THIS TYPE OF WEATHER IN LATE FEBRUARY OR MARCH, WE'D BE A
LITTLE BIT MORE CONCERNED ABOUT SOME OF THE CROPS HAVING SOME DAMAGE.))
Across the country, some plants have been fooled into thinking it's time to
bloom, like the cherry blossoms in Washington state.
There may be similar signs locally in daffodils and grape hyacinths.
((IT'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT TO PANIC ABOUT BECAUSE THESE PLANTS HAVE VERY
PRECISE TIME CLOCKS INSIDE OF THEM. THEY'RE REGULATED VERY SPECIFICALLY BY
INTERNAL SUBSTANCES. JUST A WEEK HERE AND THERE OF WARM WEATHER IS PUSH A
LITTLE BIT OF THE PLANT, BUT IT'S NOT GONNA THROW IT COMPLETELY OFF BALANCE.
Apples and peaches are very dormant, so they were unaffected by the warm
Crops may get off to a better start this year, due to some additional
((WE'VE CERTAINLY BEEN GLAD TO SEE THIS RAIN OVER THE LAST WEEK. LAST YEAR WAS
SO DRY AND THE RAIN WE'VE HAD HAS BEEN REAL HELPFUL TO REPLENISH THE TOP SOIL
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SO THE CONSENSUS AMONG EXPERTS IS THE BRIEF PERIOD
OF WARM WEATHER DID NOT CAUSE ANY HARM AND IN SOME CASES MAY HAVE DONE SOME
GOOD. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, MONTGOMERY COUNTY.))
SUPER=330-Light Rain/Possible/33-36/Clouds &/Scattered Showers/44-48;
SUPER=331-Light Rain/Possible/33-36/Clouds &/Showers/44-48;
SUPER=332-Light Rain/Or Snow Possible/33-36/Light Rain/Showers/44-48;
SUPER=333-Light Rain/Or Snow Possible/33-36/Light Rain/& Drizzle/44-48;
SUPER=334-Light Rain/Or Snow Possible/32-35/Light Rain/Likely/43-47;
The Green Bay Packers have earned the right to defend their 1997 Super Bowl
Green Bay beat the 49-ers yesterday afternoon in San Francisco 23 to 10.
SUPER=03-San Francisco/FOX SPORTS; :
The 49-ers out to end the Packers dominance in the championship game.
Green Bay led 3 to nothing in the second quarter then Brett Favre goes to
the air and hits Antonio Freeman who makes a nice run after the catch scoring
the 27 yard touchdown to make it 10 to nothing Packers.
The 49-ers appeared to score a touchdown on this play Steve Young hits J.J.
Stokes but he can't get both feet in bounds for the score and the Niners
trailed 10 to nothing.
Green Bay put the game out of SUPER=30-Green Bay/23/San
Francisco/10/;reach in the fourth quarter when Dorsey Levins takes the handoff
and scores from the six to make it 23 to 3 and the Packers win it 23 to 10.
The Packers will play Denver in the championship game.
John Elway three two touchdown passes in a minute and a half span of the
second quarter to lead Denver to a 24 to 21 win over Pittsburgh.
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh/NBC SPORTS; :
Elway and his players in a huddle before the kickoff.
And the Broncos got on the board first. Terrell Davis, who rushed for over
100 yards, breaks through the line and scores from 8 yards out to make it 7 to
Pittsburgh came right back Kordell Stewart rolls out to pass but he pulls
it in and races down the sideline to score from 33 yards out and the score was
tied at 7 to 7.
The Steelers would take the lead early in the second quarter Jerome Bettis
bulls over from the one yard line to make it 14 to 7.
But before the half was over Elway would throw two T-D passes. the first
this 16 yarder to fullback Howard Griffith that made the score 17 to 14
Then as time was ticking out in the SUPER=30-Denver/24/Pittsburgh/21/;
quarter Elway tosses what would be the winning score this one yarder to Ed
McCaffrey and Denver holds on to win it 24 to 21.
IN Q="I think...
((JOHN ELWAY/DENVER QUARTERBACK: ))
SUPER=01-John Elway/Denver Quarterback; :
OUT Q=......ONE LEFT."
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
And coming up, N.C. State remains the only undefeated women's team in the
A-C-C the Wizards lose at home in overtime.
and Lefty Phil Mickelson opens the 1998 P-G-A season with a win.
Phil Mickelson celebrates the opening of the P-G-A season by holding off
Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara to win the Mercedes Championship.
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A sign at the exit for the Lacosta Resort.
Tiger Woods, Who shot a final round 64, made this putt at the 12-th hole to
take the lead at 15 under par.
But Mickelson, playing behind Woods, came right back and hit this Birdie
putt at 9 to tie the score again at 15 under par.
Mickelson took the lead with a birdie at 10 he shot a final round 4 under
par 68 for a total of 17 under for a one shot win.
Woods and O'Meara tied at 16 under par.
Christian Laettner scored 23 points to lead Atlanta to a 107 to 102
overtime win over the Washington Wizards.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/HTS; :
Lenny Wilkins and the Hawks looking for the weekend Sweep.
Dikembe Mutombo takes the ball to the hoop for the slam and the Hawks led
37 to 28 in the second quarter.
But the Wizards rallied in the fourth quarter Juwan Howard hits this jumper
and the Wizards led 90 to 88 but the game went to overtime.
Atlanta's Tyrone Corbin hits this SUPER=32-Atlanta/107/Washington/102/;
three pointer in overtime for a two point lead and the Hawks win it 107 to 102
N.C. State remains the only undefeated women's team in the A-C-C.
The Wolfpack ended a 15 game losing streak to Virginia beating the Lady
Cavaliers 67 to 59.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/FOX SPORTS NET; :
Debbie Ryan getting the players in position to run a play.
U-V-A's Leslie Brown takes it to the hoop and scores off the glass giving
the Cavaliers a 6 point lead.
The Lady Wolfpack answered, on the next trip down the floor Charity Melvin
scores the easy hoop cutting the lead to four.
Virginia still had the lead track star Erin Stoval getting the basket off
the glass in the first half.
But the Wolfpack outscored the SUPER=33-N.C.
State/67/Virginia/59/;Cavaliers in the second half by nine to get the 67 to 59
Green Bay and Denver will play in the Superbowl. More later on Mornin'.
The Roanoke Express lost to The Renegades in Richmond this evening 3 to 2 in
Now, here's the rest of the scores.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0100-/Pittsburgh/21/j/Denver/24////San Francisco/10/j/Green Bay/23///;
OUT Q=....last score."
Roanoke hockey fans may not recognize Jeffrey Wetter's name.
But the Roanoke native is a key member of the Express even though he never
takes the ice.
Denise Allen introduces us to the team dentist.
IN Q=Rick Schuhwerk has
SUPER=01-Dr. Jeffrey Wetter/Express Dentist; :09
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :26
OUT Q=News 7 Sports.
((Rick Schuhwerk has a chipped tooth.
It's Doctor Jeffrey Wetter's assignment to make sure the defenseman leaves
with a smile on his face.
IN Q=the most bazaar
((DR. JEFFREY WETTER/EXPRESS DENTIST: THE MOST BAZAAR IS WHEN WE WERE AT ONE
OF THE GAMES AND ONE OF THE PLAYERS WAS INJURED IN A FIGHT AN WE HAD TO STITCH
HIM UP AND OR COURSE HE WAS REAL DETERMINED AND HE HAD TO GO RIGHT BACK OUT.))
OUT Q=RIGHT BACK OUT
IN Q=so tell me why
((so tell me why you've been in to see Jeffrey Wetter?
DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE: OH I'VE LOST A BRIDGE. I'VE LOST A TOOTH, ONE
FELL OUT. I'VE JUST HAD ALL KINDS OF ACCIDENTS WITH MY TEETH RIGHT FROM THE
START OF THE SEASON.))
OUT Q=START OF THE SEASON
IN Q=AS YOU CAN
((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE: AS YOU CAN TELL I'VE BEEN IN THERE QUITE A BIT.
THEY'RE NOT VERY GOOD. THEY HAVEN'T FIXED MY TEETH. NO, THEY'RE GREAT
OUT Q=GREAT PEOPLE
Wetter and his associates are on-call to fix the players' teeth whether it's
an accident on the ice or they just slip up at home.
IN Q=IT'S THE OFF ICE
((GAGNON; IT'S THE OFF ICE THINGS. THE DEVASTATING APPLE BITE, THE GUM
CHEWING AND THE CANDY AND YOU TELL YOUR KIDS NOT TO EAT THE STUFF AND IT'S
MAKING MY TEETH FALL OUT.))
OUT Q=TEETH FALL OUT.
Mouth pieces help save a player's smile.
But in the ECHL age might be the reason for a mouth with a full set of
IN Q=THEse guys might
((WETTER: THESE GUYS MIGHT BE FROM 21 TO 30 AND THEY MOSTLY HAVE ALL THEIR
TEETH AT THAT POINT, NOW THE LONGER THEY STAY IN THEIR PROFESSION THE LESS
OUT Q=LESS THEY'LL HAVE
But no matter what the damage is it's Wetter's job to make sure each player
leaves his office with a toothy smile.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
The weather may not be a problem for you on your drive into work tomorrow,
but construction could leave you at a standstill.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's edition of Road Report.
IN Q=In Roanoke, only
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :22
OUT Q=work this week.
((In Roanoke, only one lane of traffic is getting by in each direction along
Brandon Avenue from Mud Lick Road to Keagy Road--as crews work to widen Brandon
Delays can be expected there until next month when work should be completed.
And, in Roanoke County, Merriman Road is closed to through traffic from
Ranchcrest Drive to Springlawn Drive while workers widen the lanes there.
And, looking around the region..
in Botetourt County, the bridge over Mill Creek along Route 6-12 will be
closed while repairs are being made.
and in Pulaski County repairs are underway to the Route 11 Memorial Bridge.
Traffic is narrowed down to one lane there.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin, have a safe commute into work this week!))
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Many sports fans anticipate the start of the Winter Olympics to see the
But, Roy Durbin looks forward to the opportunity to add to his collection of
He's managed to collect at least one item from every Olympics in the last 10
Among his prized possessions-- a gold medal from the 1956 games in Stockholm
and an Olympic torch in Munich 1972.
You may ask what more can Durbin want?--a gold medal from the 1912 Olympic
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